Agricultural Research Station
The Agricultural Research Station (ARS) is the unit of the College of Agriculture responsible for carrying out the Land Grant Research Mission of Virginia State University. In keeping with this mission, ARS generates scientific and technical information designed to expand knowledge that will help small, part-time, and limited-resource farmers be profitable. ARS researchers use cutting-edge scientific techniques and state-of-the-art facilities to find solutions to diverse issues in agriculture and food production.
The research mission is supported with federal funds that are appropriated by the U.S. Congress, administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and allocated on a formula funding basis. The ARS also receives funding annually from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additional support comes through external grants and contracts, and the USDA Capacity Building Program has contributed considerably to enhancing VSU’s research capabilities over the last two decades.